I need some beautiful logo inspiration

16 Sep

So I’m having to work on two logos right now: one for a museum and one for a web education/development/design conference. Both fictional, both difficult. So I’ve been scouring the internets for inspiration and have found some really beautiful (and some REALLY not so beautiful) stuff.

First, the museum logos:
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My favorite of these both visually and conceptually has to be the logo for the Museum of London designed by Coley Porter Bell. Each ring of color represents the expansion of the city of London over time, and the typeface was chosen to be evocative of London’s iconic street signage. This concept is so strong and the execution is simply gorgeous.

Looking for logos for web conferences was tricky. Most serious and professional web design conferences seem to stick with simple typographical branding rather than an image-based logo. The ones I found that do try to incorporate images are usually horrible. Here are a few of the train wrecks I came across:
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Simply terrible. They are too intricate and dependent on color and the typography isn’t even considered. Just for kicks I decided to see what these would look like black and white at half an inch (the true test of a good logo):
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That speaks for itself.

Here are some decent logos I found. They aren’t fantastic or even working in a lot of ways, but they are at least more considered than the last pile:
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Both speech bubbles and dollar signs are loaded, cliched images, but this logo at least shows attention to form and relationship.
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This is way too busy and layered to ever work, and the type is cramped, but it’s still better than that first batch.

I began looking to web development software logos for inspiration, as they seem to be very carefully and creatively designed:
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I also found a lot of really fantastic typography-based inspiration here. Each logo will take you to a larger page of even more logos that are equally beautiful.

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